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The Wicca Alphabet and Its Symbols

The Wicca Alphabet and Its SymbolsThe Wicca alphabet is made up of twenty-four symbolic letters that represent each letter of the alphabet. Four letters of the alphabet are merged into two Wicca symbols. The letters U, V represent one symbol and the letters I, J represent the other one. In addition to the letters, the Wicca alphabet uses a symbol to end sentences with instead of a period and symbols are used replace numbers. The Wicca alphabet is believed to be derived from the Theban alphabet around the year 1531.

Wiccan symbols were used for protection from religious persecution. Wiccas thought that by coding their doctrine, spells, and correspondences to other Wiccas it would protect them when it actually had the exact opposite outcome. Religious persecutors discovered their symbols and writings in books commonly referred to as book of shadows. The mysterious writings of the Wicca alphabet were interpreted as evil. It was thought that the Wicca alphabet and symbols were proof that Wiccas were Satanists. The symbols were used as tangible evidence against the Wicca’s when it was intended to protect them.

To decipher the code it is best to write each letter of the alphabet next to the symbol it represents. Then it is just a matter of replacing each letter of the alphabet with the corresponding symbol. To write a message using the Wicca alphabet replace the letter of the alphabet with its corresponding symbol.

Remember to put the letters U, V and I, J next to their equivalent symbol. When deciphering a code and the symbols for U, V and I, J are found, decoding gets a little tricky. If the word is four letters long and the first three letters have been decoded, then it’s easier than starting with the symbol that represents the two letters. For example, the four letter word decoded so far is, ?-u-m-p. The missing letter would be J to reveal j-u-m-p and not replaced with the letter I.

The Wicca alphabet can also be modified for use as an individual code. If a practitioner would want to keep a spell secret, even from other Wiccas, they could rearrange the wiccan symbols randomly. The new symbols would be specific to them. They could record their spells, thoughts and other writings that would not be able to be decoded with the standard sheet listings.

The Wicca alphabet is still used more for ritualistic purposes than for fear of religious persecution. Certain spells require secrecy. For example, a love spell is cast and the name of the intended is written on a piece of paper. The requester of the spell can only view the name on the paper for the spell to work and then it must be burned on the doorstep of the intended. It is much safer to write the name in wiccan symbols rather than risk ruining the spell.

Practitioners of Wicca carve their symbols on candles, amulets, talismans and keepsakes. Wicca spells, rituals and theologies do not need to be written in the Wicca alphabet, but if it is it can lead to a deeper religious experience for the Wicca.

The Wicca Alphabet and Its Symbols

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50 Responses to “The Wicca Alphabet and Its Symbols”

  1. Jakob on February 23rd, 2009 4:21 pm

    Ah, I thank you for this information! I am a Wiccan (just starting) and this has all been a horror to figure out on my own.

  2. Destiny on March 10th, 2009 7:47 pm

    Hi Jakob, great to have some positive feedback about our site. We are constantly working to improve divineanswers and constructive feedback and debate is welcomed :) Destiny x

  3. madiline sturges on April 5th, 2009 10:35 am

    i think you should add the zodiac symbols.
    thankyou for your co-operation
    have a nice day!
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  4. Destiny on April 30th, 2009 3:57 pm

    Hi Madiline,

    We are constantly updating our site and will take your constructive feedback into consideration. Thanks for reading :)

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  5. wes on May 13th, 2009 2:20 pm

    im just a religouse travler ( which is somebody who trys to find a religoin that fits them) and i seem to have stumbled apon wiccan , i do greatly like what is offered and i accept the three fold rule and so on buut there is no body around to teach the ways soe can anybody help me

  6. Destiny on June 1st, 2009 9:47 pm

    Hi Wes,

    I would recommend you could contact Al Zarath, one of our D.A readers who is a Wiccan Spell caster. His email is [email protected] However I find that information is generally more valuable if it is charged for and such a book we refer on witchcraft etc on our site provides excellent advice to further your knowledge.

    D x

  7. priya on August 21st, 2009 2:05 am

    hi all..
    am not a wicca or witch ..its jus am curious about one of my strange habbit …i do it unintentionaly … i scribble symbols jus naturally wn am thinking hard about some thing or am talking on phone..or jus tryin hard to avoid somehing ..
    dont know how to put it ..its jus that i ..want to know the meaning of what i scribble …some times its a cube …a spiral …a dot with ligns below it … and many others …dose this mean some thing oor am jus overreacting???

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    yo man. im kinda havin trouble with a couple things heard you might be able to help with some info. email me.

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  10. Carlos Roberto Serrano on July 9th, 2010 8:55 pm

    I will like to find out more about the wiccan alphabet and i am new about the wiccan ways even though I am not a new witch since I have the gift of premonition since I was a child.

  11. rebecca on August 22nd, 2010 7:35 pm

    i love this!!!!!!!

  12. Andre'a on October 3rd, 2010 5:21 pm

    This was very helpfull, Thank you.
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  13. Miranda on October 11th, 2010 10:04 pm

    hi i am very glad to have this site thank you so much i used to practice with my mother but after she passed my father became very possesive over her things and i got lost and couldnt find any information thank you all for the help in me getting back into all this :) thank you so much

  14. ??? on November 5th, 2010 9:15 am

    jakob the wiccan are watching over thee.
    if you are wiccan state the wiccan law if you are not do not dishonor the wiccan name. the wiccan law:

    Bide the Wiccan Law you must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
    Live and let live; fairly take and fairly give.
    Cast the Circle thrice about, to keep all evil spirits out.
    To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake in rhyme.
    Soft of eye and light of touch, speak little and listen much.
    Deosil go by the waxing Moon, sing and dance the Witch’s Rune.
    Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane, and werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
    When the Lady’s Moon is new, kiss thy hand to Her times two.
    When the Moon rides at Her peak, then your heart’s desire speak.
    Heed the Northwind’s mighty gale, lock the door and drop the sail.
    When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
    When the Westwind blows o’er thee, departed spirits restless be.
    Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
    Elder be the Lady’s tree – burn it not, or cursed be!
    When the Wheel begins a turn, let the Beltane fires burn.
    When the Wheel hath turned to Yule, light the log and let Pan rule.
    Heed ye flower, bush, and tree, and by the Lady, Blessed Be!
    Where the rippling waters flow, cast a stone and truth you’ll know.
    Whenever ye have a need, harken not to others’ greed.
    With the fool, no seasons spend, nor be counted as his friend.
    Merry Meet and Merry Part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
    Mind the Law fo three ye should, three times bad an’ three times good.
    When misfortune is enow, wear the Blue Star on your brow.
    True in love ever be, unless thy love is false to thee.
    Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
    “An it harm none, do what ye will!”

  15. risa on February 24th, 2011 7:33 am

    im a young wiccan(just starting) and im all alone in this besides some of my friends that are wiccan and my parents dont know the jist of this yet cause i dont know how to tell them (any info on that would be good)……..im kinda a little clueless…..but i know most of the really valuble stuff…..this site is really helpful….thank you and blessed be!

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  17. wolf_shadow on March 6th, 2011 3:33 am

    I am interested in learning about Wicca, but not many places have accurate information. Is there any important information you could give me?

  18. Barb on March 8th, 2011 5:21 pm

    My Daughter has taken a Wiccan name and it is mother gatherer, I want to make her a shawl with symbols on it for her Wiccan wedding cermony. What symbol would I use?
    Thanks,
    Barb

  19. Alex on March 13th, 2011 11:50 am

    Can someone tell me the symbol for the end of a sentace? Because I forget.

  20. Alex on March 13th, 2011 11:52 am

    Barb if u reeled this I would recommend using the symbols for love, comfort, good fortune and I would use the symbol for sunrise because it will be a dawning of a new time of her life

  21. Serena on April 12th, 2011 10:09 am

    i found a coin with 8 different symbols around it and two in the middle, placed in different possitions on the other side. I have read a little on wicca and find it to be very inspiring. I think that the symbols may be wiccan symbols because there is the moon and the sun but I can’t figure out what the others are or what they mean. Can anyone help?

  22. TeRay on April 19th, 2011 7:33 am

    this is a very good website for anyone who is trying to master their powers that are inside them. i hope that you do continue to gather information for the ones who are still trying to master what is needed to become a successful wiccan.

  23. conner on April 19th, 2011 7:51 pm

    can use symbols i made

  24. Tyler on May 13th, 2011 10:33 am

    thank you for the info. it really helped me out a lot. i was getting pestered everyday until i came across this alphabet. i have been a wiccan for almost 4 years and am still relatively new, but one thing i do know is that it doesn’t matter what you believe, or what religion you practice to admire the beauty of another religions alphabet and practices. i was raised in a christian house hold and it never stuck with me. the wiccan rede was the first thing i read and memorized. i know the long version (the previous post) and the short version.

    bide within the laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust,
    eight words the rede fulfill, and it harm none, do what ye will.
    what ye send forth, comes back to thee, so ever mind the law of three,
    keep this in mind and heart, merry ye meet, and merry ye part.

    thanks again for the info.
    blessed be

  25. nardz on May 19th, 2011 6:34 pm

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  27. Stacie on June 27th, 2011 9:26 pm

    I have been searching for most of my adult life for my origin. My peace with myself is centered in God, whatever that might be. I believe that I don’t know what to believe in. I have been tried and tested to the point of numbness and I need to feel again. Please, if any of you have the answer, e-mail me. I am open for discussion.

  28. Teri on August 23rd, 2011 7:41 pm

    Thank you for the information. This is the FIRST time since I have been studying Wiccan ways that I have come across the witches alphabet. Thank you so much.

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  35. lexie on November 1st, 2011 6:50 pm

    Hello. I was kinda sorta raised wiccan by my grandmother but I didn’t know or understand it at the time. Now that I’m older this is the religion I have chosen for myself, but I’m a bit lost. I can’t really speak with my grandmother about it because I don’t ever really see her. I know some things but not everything, only what I feel is right. Does anyone have any advice for a lost but fellow wiccan?

  36. steven quinn on November 2nd, 2011 5:40 pm

    im new to wicca and i was wondering, if you do a book of shadows do you need to use the alphabet or can any written language be used? im in need of a tutor and i really want to learn but no one will teach me.

  37. wiccan US Soldier on November 3rd, 2011 9:46 am

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    I am a Wiccan in Training an still Learning my symbols an wthat they mean to me each day an alot more I am still learning about being a wiccan who is still studying yet an I am trying toget through this one way or the other an I have a good Wiccan Teacher/high priestess who is teaching me who I really am in my life time right now an I am not going to harm anyone who I love in my life time..

  40. Zac on September 30th, 2012 5:41 pm

    I’m sorry for the inconvenience but i see a lot of similarity between u,v, and w. If you could explain? maybe i just can’t see the difference. i mean no disrespect by this question.

  41. Zac on September 30th, 2012 5:44 pm

    oops never mind i just hadn’t read the top D: sorry

  42. richard on December 23rd, 2012 6:58 am

    in this article you said U and V are the same… so why is it that U V and W are the same symbol?

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  50. gabby on January 19th, 2015 2:37 am

    i love this, i’m now using it in my book of shadows, sooner or later i learn it like the most common alphabet like in a few months or so. but i love this.

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